|The March garden is an empty canvas!|
March garden chores are pretty simple: get the ground ready for planting.
- Remove or work winter mulch into the soil. (I am moving some of the mulch to my walkways while working the rest into the soil to decompose.) March and April are about the only two months out of the year that I have exposed soil in my garden. This is so that the sun can warm the soil and get those soil temperatures up before planting. In late April, we'll talk about adding mulch again.
- Loosen garden soil with a spading fork. I don't till, but if you plan on tilling your soil, do that now.
- Work in any necessary amendments and compost. It's best to get these well incorporated into the soil weeks before planting to eliminate the possibility of burning young plants. I like to loosen my soil with the spading fork, add my amendments, then smooth everything out while breaking up any large soil clumps.
- Decorate. I know it may sound silly, but getting out my quirky garden things and gifts from previous years really gets me excited about planting. I start thinking about making pretty arrangements and planning my ornamentals.
- Start prepping your rain barrels. I'm hearing that it might be another dry year in NWA. I'm going to try to get my barrels in place early, just in case.
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